Let’s go straight to summer!

Let’s go straight to summer!

I think we might as well just skip spring and go straight into summer! Temps in the 80s! We’ll take it after this long, cold winter!

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Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Janet Barcus of Marblehead who was one of 207 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Bay Point on page 1B in last week’s Beacon. Janet wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, so if you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website, 

We are so honored to have a living legend among us. Lt. Col. Harold Brown, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen from World War II, will be signing autographs at Bassett’s Market this Saturday, May 10, for a free will donation ($5 requested) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bassett’s is a sponsor of the traveling Tuskegee Airmen exhibit titled “Rise Above” which will be at the Airport from May 14 through May 17. 

The Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will hold their 77th Annual Banquet at Catawba Island Club on Thursday, May 15. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. They will be presenting their traditional awards that evening. 

Thank Goodness for Grandparents! That is a new program being put on by the folks at Oak Harbor High School to offer support and information to adults raising grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other related children. Their next sessions will be on May 22 at 10 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. in the Oak Harbor theatre lobby to talk about available services that can offer support when children are visiting with biological parents. They will also discuss plans for their summer sessions. Childcare during the sessions will be provided if you RSVP by May 19. Call Judy Peters, Director of Student Services, at 419-898-3280 or text your name and session choice to Sara Stahl at 419-341-6535.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile is back in Ottawa County. They will be at St. John Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor this Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. I did stop in on Saturday for the Catawba Bloodmobile at the Community Hall. I was unable to give, however, because I had a cold. I was scheduled to do a “double red” (donating two units of just red blood cells), but sadly could not. I did note that Stanley Kowasczk, the honorary mayor of Gypsum, DID give blood. He showed me that he is up to something like 16 gallons! Way to go Stanley!

The box office for Playmakers’ Civic Theatre’s final show of the season, “It’s A Grand Night for Singing” featuring the music of Rogers and Hammerstein, is now taking reservations. “A Grand Night” will open this weekend, May 8-10 and May 16-18 at Playmaker’s West Sixth Street theater in Port Clinton. Call 419-734-5044 for reservations.

The Firelands Musical Arts Series continues on Saturday, May 17, with the “Sixth Edition” vocal and instrumental jazz show. Tickets are $15 at the door, students are free. The show will be held at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163) just east of Port Clinton. 

Congratulations to Sharon Woodson, a realtor with Howard Hanna. She recently completed the requirements for the SRS designation. According to the press release, SRS designees are a driving force in some of the industry’s most innovative and successful real estate companies. Sharon’s specialty is waterfront properties. Her defining statement is “I Sell Views”.

And also don’t forget our “Coffee with the Editor” session at Common Grounds every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Lot’s of interesting local topics are discussed. It is our opportunity to have a sit-down with our readers and learn about what YOU want to see in The Beacon as we enter our 32nd year of community publishing. Also don’t forget that Common Grounds offers their gourmet coffee for just 99-cents with one refill or you can also get 10% off your order on Wednesday mornings.  

It is going to be a busy month at Otterbein North Shore Retirement Center near Lakeside. Their next iPad classes are this Friday, May 9. The beginners class starts at 10 a.m. and the intermediate class starts at 11 a.m. Mary Ann Kelmer, Lakeside’s summer new C. Kirk Rhein, Jr. Center for the Living Arts Director, will be the featured speaker for the next “Breakfast of Champions” event this Wednesday, May 14, starting at 9 a.m. She will talk about Lakeside’s plans for fine arts and craft classes this coming season. Call Kirsten at 419-798-8250 for reservations.

More local students are in the news for their accomplishments at various colleges and universities. Merit Scholarship Awards have been given to a pair of local high school students by the University of Findlay. Cobi Brough of Oak Harbor received an award of $10,000 while Emma Partin of Port Clinton received a $14,000 award. The awards are based on the students’ GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Mollie Knighton of Marblehead is among 25 students at Heidelberg University in Tiffin to be inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society that recognizes academic excellence among first-year students. She is a sophomore majoring in business administration. 

Who’s the Top Dog in Ottawa County? We may just find out on Sunday, May 18, at a special “Bark until Dark” Dog Show to be held at the “off-the-leash” dog park located at 310 Bridge Road in Danbury Township (next to Bayside Comfort). Everyone is welcome to bring their pup to support the Humane Society of Ottawa County. The Entry fee is $10 per mutt donated to HSOC. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. with judging starting promptly at 1 p.m. Big Boppers will be on hand to serve a “hot dog” lunch (what else?) for a $5 donation to HSOC. The whole event is sponsored by the Danbury Township Board of Trustees. I hope they have plenty of “pooper-scoopers”!

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